Salone Satelitte Awards @ Salone Milan 2019

Salone Satelitte Awards @ Salone Milan 2019

Pavilions   22-24

Exhibitors 550 designers + international design schools


The international event in the design world dedicated to the under-35s.

Salone Satellite was the first event to focus on young designers, instantly becoming the unrivalled place for interface with manufacturers, talent scouts and the most promising young designers, and since 1998 runs again concurrently with the Salone.

Its creation was essentially a declaration of faith in the creative potential of designers under 35.

New prototypes for the home and office: furniture, furnishings and lighting designed and produced by persons involved in the industry, such as industrial design studios, students of industrial design, designers, architects; no manufacturers, whether industrial or artisan, will be admitted.

Many of the prototypes presented in the previous editions have gone into production, and many of the 10,000 designers who have taken part over the years, along with 270 international design schools, are now big names on the design scene.

Indeed, Salone Satellite’s challenge has always been to imagine the shape of design to come and to try and imagine how future generations will forge a new, perfect balance between project, function and beauty.

Started in 2010, the Salone Satellite Award is a further opportunity to facilitate contact between young designers and businesses.


The 10th edition for the Salone Satellite Award competition Judges

The Award was assigned by an international jury of leading figures from the design world –

designers Davide Groppi, Luca Nichetto and Eugeni Quitllet;journalists Silvia Nani (Corriere della Sera) and Ellen Froissart (Associate Editor, Bee Medias publishing group); Giuliano Mosconi, President and CEO of Tecno/Zanotta; Stefano Seletti, Creative Director, Seletti and Marc Zehntner, Director, Vitra Design Museum – chaired as of the very first edition by Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA and curator of the XXII Triennale di Milano)


Italian Minister Bonisoli presenting at the Awards Ceremony






Salone Satelitte Award Winners 2019

10th edition



1st Prize

Designer: KULI-KULI, JAPAN (Stand D16)


Project description

This Japanese studio is based in Kobe, famous for its meat. The designers, in collaboration with local tanners, decided to turn cowhide, not traditionally used, into a collection of new products.


Kobe Leather’s project is commendable because it is based on a process of recuperation, harnessing the material to create a design system applicable to a wide range of product types.



2nd Prize


Project: HALO

Project description

The Halo chair concept was devised to showcase the strength and possibilities of a lightweight material made from hemp and casein, which the designer developed during his Organico research project.


The Halo chair is an example of design in its broadest sense, calling for the contemporaneous study of material, form, functionality and production method.



3rd Prize

Designer: BAKU SAKASHITA, JAPAN (Stand C15)


Project description

These 2.5 dimensional objects are 3D wire structures that look like 2D black lines drawn on flat paper. The optical illusion derives from the thinness of the wire, which is 0.3 mm in diameter.


The sophisticated artistic abstraction of the 2.5 Dimensional Object project is striking, while demonstrating the scope for further, different potential in terms of development and application




Rong Design Library  – Residence Program Awards

The idea for this Award came from Zhang Lei, Jovana Zhang and Christoph John (winner of the 13th Salone Satellite Design Report Award in 2012 with the PINWU Design studio) in collaboration with the government of Yuhang district in Hangzhou, for the purposes of studying traditional Chinese craft materials and craftsmanship.

Rong Design Library is offering two Residency Programmes that take place in the local village.

Each programme will last for one month: and includes a budget of 10.000 RMB for each designer, plus workspace, assistant and accommodation.

During this period, 2 winning designers will be introduced to traditional Chinese culture and, thus inspired, will be free to complete a project of their own choice.


Designer: KOKO, CROATIA (Stand A03)

Project: KOKO LOKO

Project description

Koko Loko is designed for kids and every Loko is a combination of eight elements. Changing the combination varies their functionality and their appearance.


The concept for this children’s furniture project is evidence of a desire to revisit traditions that is deserving of further exploration during a residency at the Rong Design Library.



Designer: STUDIOMIREI, ITALY (Stand B23)


Project description

These lamps, which resemble interstellar clouds of dust in space, are made of banana fibre. Studiomirei worked on fabric manipulation based on the intrinsic properties of the fabric.


The designer’s approach to the study of materials, which shines clearly through this project, is deserving of the opportunity for further in-depth exploration and comparison offered by a residency at the Rong Design Library.




Intesa Sanpolo Special Prize – 3rd edition

Best Project on Food as a Design Object

Since 2017 Banca Intesa Sanpaolo has awarded a special prize to the value of 5,000 euros.

This year it has been assigned to the emerging designer who, in the opinion of the jury, best captures the theme of the 2019 event, “Food as a Design Object”: Melbourne Movement / Kristen Wang (Australia) for the Re.Bean Coffee Stool made from locally collected coffee grounds.




Project description

Made from locally collected coffee grounds, the Re.Bean Coffee Stool not only derives a unique smell and tactility from being made from coffee, it is also 100% biodegradable.


The project responds perfectly to the concept underpinning the SaloneSatellite 2010 theme, Food as a Design Object, bringing experimentation and functionality together.


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